Manchester Free Software

Manchester Free Software

Title: Manchester Free Software
Location: MadLab
The purpose of Manchester Free Software is to promote the Free Software philosophy.
Start Time: 19:00
Date: 2011-02-15
End Time: 20:30





Introduction to Pure Data

  • Talk: Introduction to Pure Data:
    The free software, digital arts, graphical programming language.
  • Speaker: Andrew Faraday


A first look at Pure Data, the graphic programming language, geared towards digital art with real-time results. This talk will be optionally interactive. If you want to join in then please bring along a laptop with Pure Data installed, installation instructions below. If you want to join in but don’t have a laptop then there will be a small number of computers available, possibly with speakers but bring headphones just in case.

The talk will include:

  • A first look at the data-flow diagram method of programming (programming without writing code!).
  • Some objects to make Pure Data work for you.
  • A room full of improvising computers!
  • How to make your own musical instrument in under an hour!
  • Ways to find out more about Pure Data.


As with installing any software, beforehand make sure you have backups and know what you are doing! Manchester Free Software takes no liability whatsoever for you installing this software.

Andrew Faraday’s installation instructions:

GNU/Linux users

  • Do NOT use apt-get, aptitude or synaptic!
  • Go to
  • Select the folder with yesterday’s date (or before, only today’s usually isn’t finished)
  • Select the .deb package for your operating system.
  • Click to download.
  • Follow instructions on-screen.

Windows and Mac users

  • Go to
  • Click the ‘download Pd’ tab at the top left.
  • Find the version of pd-extended (note: not pd vanilla) for your operating system.
  • Click this link to download then follow instructions on screen.
    • Windows users: Windows will try to tell you Pd is a virus, please trust me (Andrew Faraday) in saying that it’s definitely not!


A recent music graduate (2009), Andrew Faraday started using Pure Data as part of that course and it has since led on to his regular work with Ruby on Rails. Andrew runs regular workshops in Pure Data at St Wilfrids Enterprise Centre, Hulme on Tuesdays from 7PM.